A roof replacement is one of the best things you can do for your home, but it involves a lot of decision-making. Most homeowners have many questions when it comes to maintaining the integrity of their new roof. Fortunately for you, Siefken Contracting has the answers to homeowners’ questions about new roofs, resolving frequently asked questions with advice from expert roofing contractors.
How do I know if I need a new roof?
Sometimes, this answer is obvious: a hole in your roof, missing shingles, leaks, or animals living in your attic. Other times, the signs you need a new roof are subtle. If your roof is more than 12-15 years old, it may be time to get a replacement and avoid any problems resulting from a damaged roof. Curling shingles, missing or damaged flashing, ice dams, and discolored ceilings and walls are also good indicators that it’s time to replace your roof.
Even though it may seem expensive, a new roof can save you money over time. However, the costs of constant repairs can add up. If you’re not sure whether the roofer’s recommendation for a replacement is correct, consider:
- The roof’s age. The lifespan of a roof varies depending on the material. According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI), an asphalt shingle roof typically lasts for 30 years, while a slate roof can have a 60 to 150-year lifespan.
- The extent of the damage. Severe wear and tear or significant storm damage aren’t easy to fix with a few replacement shingles or a patch. The more damage your roof has, the more likely you’ll need to replace the surface and possibly what’s underneath it.
- The number of past repairs. Is the roofer at the top of your recent calls list? If you constantly call the contractor for patches, shingles, and other minor repairs, now is the time to replace the entire area.
How much does a new roof cost?
Every roof is different, so the cost of the roof varies. When considering the price of your new roof, roofing contractors consider a few factors: size, old roof removal, style, shape, materials, and other features like chimneys, skylights, and vents that they need to work around.
A replacement roof is a significant investment and giving a quote without examining your unique situation would not be in our customers’ best interest. However, once the price of your new roof is calculated, there are plenty of ways to finance your roof, making paying for your roof replacement easy and affordable
What roofing options are available to me?
For residential roofs, we provide free estimates and determine if your roof can be fixed or if a complete replacement is necessary. So when you have a leak, storm damage, or just know your roof is reaching the end of its life, reach out to our team so we can determine the next steps.
There are a variety of new roofs to choose from for any style of home. Depending on your needs and personal preferences, you can select your material, color, and style. Select metal roofing, forged iron, traditional shingles, RoofGuard, and more in an array of stunning colors. View some of our previous projects at Siefken Contracting to see the many roofing options available to you. Our contractors can help you select the perfect roof for your home or commercial building.
When is the best time to replace a roof?
While there is no official “roofing season” and roofers work all year round, summer and fall are usually busier months for most roofing contractors. Factors like snow, rain, ice, and sleet can impact how quickly roofers can safely and effectively get your roof finished, which is why dryer, warmer months are when most people opt to replace their roofs. However, replacing your roof in the winter or spring could result in a quicker install due to more availability and less demand.
How do I choose the right roofing contractor?
A new roof isn’t a small investment – the right contractor can give you a pleasant, rewarding experience and a roof that will last for decades without issue. In addition, doing your research before hiring a roofer can protect you from roofing disasters.
Ask your friends and family members for suggestions or post the question on social media. Word of mouth is one of the most reliable ways to judge the character of a roofing contractor. Also, look at the roofer’s reviews and testimonials from previous customers.
Next, investigate the company itself. Look for manufacturer designations, positive ratings with the Better Business Bureau, and proper licensing and insurance. A contractor without these accreditations or one that refuses to show you licensing is probably a scam artist – or at least not the best quality contractor on the market.
How should I prepare for a roof replacement?
Now that you’ve decided to replace your roof, it’s time to take the next step and get ready for this major home improvement project. Before the scheduled replacement day arrives, ask the contractor if they have specific prep steps to follow. These may include:
- Clear the yard. Give the roofers space to walk and work and reduce the risks from falling debris. Remove children’s toys, potted plants, patio furniture, or other temporary outdoor items. Your shed, swing set, and other permanent structures can stay where they are.
- Find a place for your pets. Keep your pets indoors during the replacement process. This decreases the likelihood of accidental injuries to your pet and the roofers.
- Move your car. This step will reduce the risks to your vehicle, but it also gives the roofer an easy entry onto your property. Allow the roofer to park as close to your home as possible. This makes it easier for the contractor to carry heavy loads to and from their truck.
- Protect the attic. If the roof replacement includes work on the underlying layer, you’ll need to remove or cover everything in your attic for added protection.
Still have questions?
Contact the experts at Siefken Contracting at 402-884-8846 (Nebraska), 515-288-2575 (Iowa), or visit us online to learn more about our expert team, roofing options, or to request a free inspection.